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MRC to hear license revocation response in Running Aces-Canterbury dispute

MRC to hear license revocation response in Running Aces-Canterbury dispute | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

The group that operates Running Aces Harness Park will go before the Minnesota Racing Commission on Thursday to respond to a request that its operating license be revoked.


The request was made last month by the Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents horsemen at Canterbury Park. It claims that North Metro Harness Initiative, operator of Running Aces, has failed to honor the terms of its license application by halting payments to Canterbury’s purse fund. NMHI stopped the payments last August and has sued the HBPA and Canterbury, seeking to end its financial obligation.

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Trainer sent to prison in Penn National racehorse doping case

Trainer sent to prison in Penn National racehorse doping case | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

A former trainer at Penn National Race Course will spend 3 months in Dauphin County prison for "doping" his horses to give them an edge in races.


And, under a sentence county Judge Deborah E. Curcillo imposed Monday morning, David Wells will follow his jail stint with a 3-month stay in the county work-release center followed by 4 1/2 years on probation.


On top of that, Curcillo fined the 50-year-old Grantville man $5,000.

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CT Collision Brings Safety Recommendations

CT Collision Brings Safety Recommendations | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

Recommendations for new protocols for stewards, outriders, and racetracks have been adopted by the West Virginia Racing Commission as a result of a two-horse collision during a race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races last December.


The incident occurred in the fourth race Dec. 13 after Winningaswespeak, ridden by Carlos Marrero, clipped heels and lost the rider as the field made its way into the second of three turns in the 1 1/16-mile race. Winningaswespeak then turned in the other direction and ran along the rail through the stretch and around the first turn before colliding with Frisky Dixie, who was ridden by Carlos Castro.

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Idaho reviews Instant Racing

Idaho reviews Instant Racing | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

Instant Racing electronic wagering machines have been growing in popularity in the few states where they have been installed but they also have been the heart of a controversy regarding whether they actually are slot machines.


The machines let people bet on the results of previously run horse races. The machines originated in Arkansas and have spread to other states since.


Recently, their use has come under political debate in Idaho where in 2013 the state’s lawmakers passed a bill approving their use. But, the debate didn’t end there.

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Chapa to face felony race-fixing charges

Texas jockey Roman Chapa is facing felony criminal charges related to race-fixing following allegations that he carried an electrical shock device in a winning race at Sam Houston Race Park Jan. 17 in Houston.


KPRC-TV in Houston reports that Chapa has been charged with unlawful influence on racing after allegedly carrying the shock device in the stakes race he won aboard Quiet Acceleration.


According to court records cited in the story, scrutiny of a photograph showing the apparent shock device in Chapa's hand began shortly after Chapa demanded the picture be removed from the Sam Houston website.

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Owner of horse allegedly shocked to victory by jockey shaken by claims

Owner of horse allegedly shocked to victory by jockey shaken by claims | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

The owner of a race horse at the center of a cheating storm says he is shaken and upset by allegations his animal was 'buzzed' with an outlawed electrical device.


Veteran trainer Danny Pish, 49, says he first learned of the controversy when a photo emerged of jockey Roman Chapa clutching the tiny gadget as he crossed the finish line at Sam Houston Race Park, Houston, Texas, on Quiet Acceleration January 17. 


Mr Pish insisted he had never seen anyone using a similar device in his three decades in the sport and was appalled to learn it appeared to have been used on his six-year-old gelding, Quiet Acceleration.



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NY Investigation of Asmussen Case Completed

NY Investigation of Asmussen Case Completed | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

The New York State Gaming Commission has completed its investigation into allegations by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals regarding the care of horses trained by Steve Asmussen and the final report is being completed, according to Dr. Scott Palmer, the commission's equine medical director.

During the commission's Jan. 26 meeting, Palmer said the report was being completed but did not say when it would be released nor did he indicate what the report would say. Palmer said commission staff reviewed hundreds of pages of notes and nearly eight hours of video from PETA in compiling the report.

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Hovdey: Fiddling with rules burns jockeys' image

Hovdey: Fiddling with rules burns jockeys' image | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

The Jockeys’ Guild should have had a pretty good week.


On Saturday night at Gulfstream Park, guild members Javier Castellano and Drayden Van Dyke put a polished image on display in graceful, heartfelt acceptances of their Eclipse Awards for the 2014 season.


On Monday, the guild’s directors and available members assembled in Florida to do their annual business while taking advantage of the afterglow from Eclipse Awards festivities. They were rewarded with a handsome turnout of industry celebrities, including past guild presidents Jerry Bailey and Chris McCarron.

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Northern Idaho police investigating instant racing legality

Northern Idaho police investigating instant racing legality | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

Northern Idaho police have launched a criminal investigation probing the legality of slot-like machines known as instant horse racing terminals, which are slowly gaining popularity across the state.


Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug says detectives are responding to a complaint claiming that the roughly 10 terminals installed at Greyhound Park and Event Center are illegal slot machines and not state-approved pari-mutuel betting terminals, in which gamblers bet against each.


"It is our job to look at if these machines are legal," Haug said. "If they are, then that's what our report will say."


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PETA's Actions Frustrated KHRC Investigation

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's frustration with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals practically spills off the 27 pages summing up its investigation of the Steve Asmussen stable following abuse allegations from the animal rights group.


On Jan. 15 the KHRC cleared Asmussen and his assistant Scott Blasi of all charges brought by PETA following the release of what the regulator determined to be a highly edited online video by the animal rights group in March 2014. PETA had suggested the video showed equine abuse at the Asmussen stable in 2013 at Churchill Downs.


Throughout its report that summed up hundreds of hours of investigation, the KHRC expresses frustration that the group that brought the allegations failed to fully cooperate during the investigative process. It also raised concerns about the "undercover" PETA employee who worked for the stable and shot the video, PETA's ignorance in interpreting events documented in its online video, and the highly edited nature of the video.

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Mark Kavanagh, Danny O’Brien and Peter Moody facing potential bans after horses test positive to outlawed substance cobalt

Mark Kavanagh, Danny O’Brien and Peter Moody facing potential bans after horses test positive to outlawed substance cobalt | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

The champion racehorses that failed doping tests were almost certainly injected in the neck with a performance-enhancing drug, investigators believe.


The shock revelation that has rocked Victorian racing comes as three top trainers now facing bans if the allegations are proved declared their innocence.


As Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh expressed shock at the positive drug tests, which trace back to last year’s spring carnival, the drug testers claim the testing equipment is foolproof.

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Kentucky regulators to get Asmussen report Thursday

Kentucky regulators to get Asmussen report Thursday | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will be presented the findings of an investigation into trainer Steve Asmussen during a closed-door executive session of a commission meeting Thursday, the executive director of the commission said Tuesday.


The commission likely will publicly release a report on the investigation after the commission members discuss the results of the investigation during the executive session, according to John Ward, the commission’s executive director. The commission also will publicly vote on any resolutions relating to the investigation’s findings after conducting the closed-door session, Ward said.


The Kentucky racing commission initiated the investigation last March after the release of a video put together by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals from footage taken by an Asmussen stable worker during a four-month period in 2013. The 9 1/2-minute video was culled from hours of footage obtained by the stable worker, who secretly recorded the footage on behalf of PETA.

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Gisser: Consistency needed on horse-kicking issues

Gisser: Consistency needed on horse-kicking issues | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

l wasn’t going to write about it. l thought it was much adieu about nothing. But when the incident shows up in year-in-review articles, I can’t remain silent. So David Miller kicked a horse. Or he didn’t kick a horse. Everyone had their say, but most people missed the big picture, or big pictures.


It’s happened before and it will happen again. To make any sense of the issue, we need to differentiate between two offenses—kicking vs. foot out of the stirrup, which is totally different and far less severe. We also need to stop selectively enforcing violations of all types but especially these.


Kicking is, and should be, a major violation with a penalty to match—akin to whip misuse or abuse. But foot out of the stirrup is a minor movement that does not hurt the horse, and which probably should not be a violation any more than yelling to excite the horse should be.

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Nine-Month Suspension Recommended for Veitch

Nine-Month Suspension Recommended for Veitch | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

A hearing officer for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has recommended a nine-month suspension for former chief steward John Veitch for his role in the circumstances surrounding the performance of Life At Ten in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I).

The Dec. 22 recommendation from Robert Layton, chief hearing officer for the Office of Administrative Hearings for the state of Kentucky, is the latest in a long list of events and court decisions stemming from the Life At Ten incident. It is the result of a Court of Appeals ruling that the initial penalty should be reconsidered by the commission.

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NY Report on Asmussen Probe Still Incomplete

NY Report on Asmussen Probe Still Incomplete | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

New York regulators are still not saying when the findings of an investigation into allegations of horse abuse by trainer Steve Asmussen will be released.


A month after state equine medical director Dr. Scott Palmer indicated an investigation by New York officials had been completed, the state's lead racing regulator Feb. 23 told his board a report into the matter remains incomplete.

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Two And A Half Years Later, Still No Action Against Vets In Louisiana Dermorphin Cases

Two And A Half Years Later, Still No Action Against Vets In Louisiana Dermorphin Cases | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

“I should have been a vet.”


That’s what Louisiana trainer Anthony Agilar said in 2012 when he received a three-year suspension from the Louisiana State Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for the powerful painkiller dermorphin (a.k.a. frog juice).


Agilar and two other trainers receiving harsh suspensions for dermorphin, Lamont Keith Charles and Kyi Lormand, all said they used the same veterinarians to treat their horses, Dr. Kyle Hebert or his associate, Stephanie Fronning.

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Maryland Jockey Club Bans Pair of Trainers

Maryland Jockey Club Bans Pair of Trainers | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

On the heels of the Maryland Racing Commission suspending trainer Hector Garcia, the Maryland Jockey Club has decided to ban Garcia and his sometimes boss Juan C. Vazquez from its racetracks.


Garcia was one of three trainers recently sanctioned by the MRC after horses he trained tested positive for the synthetic steroid stanozolol, which formerly was sold as Winstrol but today is only available in a compounded form.


Garcia-trained Today's Man and Winning Player both tested positive for stanozolol after winning races in December at Laurel Park. In January, Garcia sent out another horse who tested positive for stanozolol in Conflicting Report. Also, Garcia-trained Sherriffs Moon tested positive for the tranquilizer xylazine after winning a race in December at Laurel.

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Kentucky Approves Racing License for Blasi

Kentucky Approves Racing License for Blasi | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

A licensing committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Jan. 28 approved the license request of Scott Blasi, Steve Asmussen's assistant trainer who last year was at the center of allegations from an animal rights group.


The KHRC License Review Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved Blasi's request to be licensed as an assistant trainer in Kentucky. Blasi did not work in Kentucky last year after the release of a video from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in March alleging horse abuse in 2013 by the Asmussen stable at Churchill Downs and Saratoga Race Course.


The license approval came less than two weeks after a KHRC investigation found no wrongdoing in the Asmussen stable following PETA's allegations based on video footage shot by a PETA agent, Kerin Rosen, working for the stable in 2013 at Churchill and Saratoga.


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Feed Contamination Possible in Case of South Carolina Horse Deaths

ADM Alliance Nutrition, an equine feed manufacturer, has been named in some news outlets and on social media as a potential connection to the death of three South Carolina horses and the sickening of another.


Anne Kennedy, the farm owner of the barn where the horses resided, fed ADM Alliance 12 percent horse feed. Kennedy told TheHorse.com that the three horses in question were treated at the Edisto Equine Clinic in Yonges Island, S.C. for signs of colic. They later died.


Kennedy then sent a feed sample to Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health in Lansing to be tested for contamination. The sample came back negative for ionophores (monensin), but a postscript indicated that the toxin had been found in trace quantities.

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Northville Downs suspended, fined

Harnessracing.com has learned that as a result of surrendering its license to conduct a Thoroughbred meet last fall, Northville Downs was issued a five-day suspension and fined $20,000 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The track served just one day of the suspension, that dark day coming on Tuesday, Dec. 23, which then led into two previously-scheduled closed days on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Northville was scheduled to race a short Thoroughbred meet on weekends from Oct. 18 through Nov. 16. The half-mile track, which opened in 1944 and never conducted a Thoroughbred meet, would have had to undergo major renovations in order to accommodate the Thoroughbreds. Those plans included the tearing down of some buildings in the backstretch in order to build a starting chute, and altering the first turn in a way so it didn't have such an abrupt angle.

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Instant Racing Under Scrutiny in Idaho

Instant Racing Under Scrutiny in Idaho | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

Instant Racing, a pari-mutuel form of electronic gaming in which the outcome is determined by previously run horse races, is under scrutiny in northern Idaho.

Post Falls, Idaho, Police Chief Scot Haug says detectives are responding to a complaint claiming that the roughly 10 terminals installed at Greyhound Park and Event Center are illegal slot machines and not state-approved pari-mutuel betting terminals, in which gamblers bet against each other.

"It is our job to look at if these machines are legal," Haug said. "If they are, then that's what our report will say."

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Jockey suspended for allegedly using a device

Jockey suspended for allegedly using a device | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

Jockey Roman Chapa has been summarily suspended by Texas Horse Racing Commission stewards pending an investigation into his winning ride aboard Quiet Acceleration in a stakes race Jan. 17 at Sam Houston Race Park.


A photograph from the race, the $50,000 Richard King Stakes, taken by Coady Photography, the official track photographer, showed what appears to be an object in Chapa's left hand.

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Trainer Steve Asmussen cleared in Ky. investigation of PETA claims from undercover agent

Trainer Steve Asmussen cleared in Ky. investigation of PETA claims from undercover agent | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

Nothing in an undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals into the operations of leading thoroughbred trainer Steve Asmussen showed a violation of rules on medication or care, Kentucky officials announced Thursday.


The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission discussed the findings of its investigators that neither Asmussen nor his assistant Scott Blasi had done anything wrong, and the commission took no further action -- in effect accepting the 213-page report.


Not only did the investigation find no rules violations, "on the contrary, (it) revealed that Asmussen-trained horses were well cared for as measured by such factors as (lower) incidence of injuries and (fewer) KHRC veterinarian scratches," Chairman Bob Beck said reading a statement after a closed-door meeting of about 90 minutes to discuss the report.

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KHRC Report on Asmussen Expected Jan. 15

KHRC Report on Asmussen Expected Jan. 15 | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

Kentucky horse racing commissioners are expected to listen Jan. 15, to a staff report on an investigation of trainer Steve Asmussen that followed allegations of horse mistreatment from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).


The allegations from PETA followed its 2014 release of a video the group says documents wrongdoing at the Eclipse Award-winning trainer's barn at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2013.

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Jennie Rees | Let voters decide if Steve Asmussen is worthy of Hall of Fame

Jennie Rees | Let voters decide if Steve Asmussen is worthy of Hall of Fame | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

The National Museum of Racing Fame for the second year has tabled the nomination of trainer Steve Asmussen to its Hall of Fame pending results of investigations by Kentucky and New York regulators into the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' allegations of horse mistreatment and law-breaking.


Asmussen is a strong Hall of Fame candidate on paper. His 6,930 victories (through Tuesday) rank second only to the late Dale Baird's 9,445, while his career purse earnings of $224 million rank No. 5 all-time. He has trained the Horse of the Year three times: Curlin (2007 and 2008) and Rachel Alexandra (2009). Among his 178 graded stakes are the Preakness and Kentucky Oaks twice apiece; his five Breeders' Cup victories include Untapable in the 2014 Distaff.

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Asmussen Won't Be Considered for Hall in 2015

Asmussen Won't Be Considered for Hall in 2015 | Hearings, Rulings, and Investigations | Scoop.it

Citing unresolved investigations in New York and Kentucky of Steve Asmussen following a video last year from an animal rights group alleging horse abuse and other violations, the trainer will not be allowed to be considered in 2015 for the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.


In an email sent out Tuesday, Jan. 6, to voters who participate in the Hall of Fame election process, panel members who were asked to nominate up to four candidates for consideration by the nominating committee were told that Asmussen would not be considered in 2015.

Last year Asmussen was nominated to the final ballot for consideration but after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals posted a video it alleged documented wrongdoing in Asmussen stables in New York and Kentucky, he was removed from the ballot and consideration for 2014.

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